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This year we have a new feature at the Show with a series of Virtual Talking Heads - inspirational, influential and topical mini talks in video format from key figures in the processing and packaging machinery industry. These short videos will be shown on PPMA TV during the Show for visitors and exhibitors alike to watch on the big screens around the hall.


2021 Speaker list




Would you start a business off the back of Brexit and with the country in lockdown?

Emma Ridgway, Acer Machinery Solutions Ltd, did just that and has succeeded with 12 months now under her belt.  She explains what it is like to start a new business in the machinery industry, covers the challenges faced and why she took the plunge.

Emma Ridgway, Director, Acer Machinery Solutions Ltd

Raised in the Devonshire countryside later migrating to Surrey, Emma studied at Farnborough College of Technology gaining her further education.  Moving to Hampshire, now happily married, achieving a 25yr award, she has 2 grown up daughters following in their own careers and a love for whippets many will have seen her office dog on meetings. With a 16-year history of expertise in the packaging machinery industry representing Mespack and UET, Emma is a dedicated, loyal, conscientious, focused, and sociable determined lady with a great sense of humour that sees her through the difficult and challenging times.

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Road to Net Zero

Businesses are increasingly responding to the climate crisis with clear strategies as to how they will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2040 – in line with the current science. Hear Julian Hunt explain the new strategy from Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, how this is being implemented and what it means for suppliers to the country’s largest soft drinks manufacturer.

Julian Hunt, Vice President of Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability for GB, Coca-Cola EuroPacific Partners

Julian Hunt joined Coca-Cola Europacific Partners in 2011 as Vice President of Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability for GB. In this role he is responsible for all aspects of CCEP’s internal and external communications, as well as its sustainability and Government affairs programmes. He also has additional accountability for the function in Norway, Iceland and Sweden. Before joining CCEP, Julian was Director of Communications at the Food and Drink Federation where he helped to steer the industry through many challenging debates, not least on public health. Before that, Julian was Editor of The Grocer magazine. In June 2013 he joined the Board of OPRL Ltd, the organisation which runs the packaging recycling information scheme in Great Britain. He is proud also to have supported the work of other organisations including the School Food Trust, FareShare and GroceryAid

Stuart Coulton



Cobots and the Capacity Dilemma

The numerous short and long-term causes of reduced labour availability – from Covid and Brexit to the ongoing skills shortage – have led to manufacturing capacity constraints. Investment in robotics has often been difficult to justify due to lengthy payback periods; however, the introduction of collaborative robot technology enables manufacturers to automate while minimising (or eliminating) capital outlay. Suitable even for end-of-line applications that were traditionally difficult to automate, such as palletising, cobots represent a flexible asset that can be repurposed and redeployed quickly and easily to compensate for acute worker shortages. Lower risk + improved outcomes = a win for manufacturing.

Stuart Coulton, Market Development Manager, OMRON UK

Having worked for OMRON for 13 years, Stuart is passionate about empowering businesses to solve complex challenges with high-impact robotics and automation solutions. As Market Development Manager, he has built a sustainable brand for OMRON in the FMCG sector by gaining a deep understanding of the key market challenges, as well as delivering a coordinated communication strategy to aid the development of innovative solutions. A keen sports fan and avid walker, Stuart holds a BEng Hons in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and an MSc in Operations Management, both from the University of Nottingham.

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Domino and P&G Collaborate on Tactile Coding Solution for Visually Impaired Consumers

Domino Printing Sciences (Domino) has teamed up with Procter and Gamble (P&G) to develop an inclusive, laser-based, tactile solution for product labelling, to help visually impaired consumers distinguish between bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Nitin Mistry, Global Account Manager at Domino provides some background on the project and explains how the team were able to create a reliable solution, which would meet the needs of the end consumer, without slowing down production processes, or harming the integrity of the bottles.

Nitin Mistry, Global Account Manager, Domino Printing Sciences

Nitin joined Domino’s Strategic Business Development Team as Global Account Manager in 2016. In his role, Nitin supports several key multinational corporations, adding value and continuous improvements to manufacturing plants, and developing sustainable global standard solutions.

To read more, please visit: Domino partners with P&G on Tactile-Coded Bottle Design (

Stuart Coulton




Food Security Economics and the Impact of Price Hikes

Maintaining total traceability and food safety while prioritising the health and safety of manufacturing teams has tested food processors during the pandemic. With food commodity prices reaching a six-year high, a universal fear of food shortages and the global population requiring 70 percent more food by 2050, addressing wasteful production actions without comprising brand integrity has never been more pressing. Digital inspection technologies help to zero in on waste, giveaway and packaging errors while simultaneously enabling processors to pivot established food safety models that adhere and flex to international laws, retailer COPs and future sustainability and food poverty challenges.

Phil Brown, Managing Director, Fortress Technology

Starting as a five-year engineering apprentice and developing his food safety insight over 35 years, 21 covering every department at Fortress Technology, Phil has a practical understanding of the unique manufacturing, compliance and retailer pressures. Now accountable for business operations for two rapidly expanding EMEA inspection businesses (Fortress & Sparc Systems), he is proud of his progression, continuing to work tirelessly to develop innovative inspection machinery that boosts operational efficiency and protects brand value. An avid F1 motor racing enthusiast, community fundraiser, thought leader and devoted husband for almost four decades, Phil holds a professional Certificate of Management and a BTEC HND in electronic design.

Stuart Coulton



Choosing the Right Filling Technology to Reduce Product Waste

To minimise environmental and financial impact, reductions in product waste should be a key criterion for selecting the appropriate filling technology for your application. Lewis Peasgood will be talking about the importance of choosing the right technology to ensure filling accuracies, temperatures and hygienic fills so that every product is compliant and ready to sell, not headed to landfill.  He’ll also be recognising operational considerations for waste reduction, including product changeover procedures; creating a stable work environment for product supply to the filling line; enhancing the performance of standard components and choosing the correct nozzle technology.

Lewis Peasgood, Director, Holmach Ltd

Having spent over 20 years in the packaging industry across many disciplines, Lewis has seen the development and emergence of critical topics for sustainability in manufacturing. His passion for providing the right solutions, not only for today’s demands, but for future aspiration of the customer maintains the motivation. Lewis joined Holmach in 2017 and heads up the sales function for the business. Holmach is a specialist in Thermal Processing & Filling Technologies. Lewis remains excited by discussing, presenting, and executing projects that make a real difference to the customer and industry alike. Married, with two daughters, he has his hands full. When he’s not doing DIY, any spare time he has he can be found on the golf course, with a glass of his favourite Châteauneuf-du-Pape in hand (not at the same time!) or exploring Europe on his Triumph Tiger.

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The UK Manufacturing Sector

For many manufacturers the last 18 months have been amongst the most challenging that they have faced, but as we now rebuild and recover UK manufacturers are leading the way in new technologies. In this video Stephen Phipson, CEO of Make UK, discusses the importance of supporting UK manufacturers and how the pandemic has accelerated innovation and automation to bring world leading technology into UK factories. He will also discuss the importance of government support in this through programmes such as Made Smarter and the government’s new innovation strategy

Stephen Phipson, Chief Executive, Make UK

Stephen Phipson CBE has been the Chief Executive of Make UK since joining in 2017. Make UK is the representative body for UK manufacturing.
Stephen previously spent 5 years as a senior civil servant holding the position of Head of the Defence and Security Organisation within the Department for International trade delivering export support to UK defence and security businesses and prior to this Stephen held the position of Director for Security Industry Engagement within the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism at the Home Office.
Before serving in the UK Government Stephen spent 35 years in senior roles in the manufacturing industry including 15 years with Smiths Group plc as President of Smiths Detection where he was awarded a CBE in 2010 for services to the Security industry. Stephen has worked extensively abroad in high technology manufacturing businesses and started his career as an engineering apprentice with the Plessey company.